12 Feb 2020
Easter Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 5

Easter Term 2020 - Week 5 Sports Report

Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th February

Netball v Ballard, Parkstone, Dauntsey’s and King Edward VI, Southampton

16s vs Ballard

The U16As competed in a great match against Ballard School on Thursday, ending with a win of 40-26. Ballard came out guns blazing and it took the Canford girls a little moment to catch up. Once we got into the groove in the 2nd quarter, the girls ran away with the match. Communication increased, more intercepts were made and greater defensive pressure on the opposition created more turnovers. Some great goals scored by both Rosie and Evie, and high praise for Bella who stepped in as GD and played a fantastic match. A big congratulations to all the girls who played the whole game at full force! DGM

A close first quarter for the 16B’s finishing with Ballard ahead by two goals, spurred the girls on to work harder and produce some excellent passing. The pace was a bit too rapid at times, which cost us possession, but the girls battled away and really took control in the second and third quarters, leading 27-17. Ballard flagged a little in the final 10 minutes and we pulled away for a great scoreline. We are immensely grateful to Charlie Whitmore and Mia Ashby-Rudd for stepping in at the last minute to provide a full team. I know all of us were impressed with their skill and agility. Well done, everyone. (ECT)

14s and 15s vs Parkstone

Thursday also saw the 14Ds and 15Ds take on Parkstone. Although working hard throughout both teams succumbed to strong opponents 33-7 and 22-10 respectively

U15 PEDSSA tournament @ Lytchett Minster school

Canford played 4 teams at the U15 PEDSSA tournament. The first match ended in 24-2 to Canford against St Edward’s and the second match ending in 17-2 against Parkstone Grammar School. By this point, Canford had set their goal to ensure the goals against remained below 2 in every match. This was successfully done in the match against Ferndown where the team secured a 13-0 victory. In their final game against Queen Elizabeth’s, the girls won 14-4, raising the highest number of goals scored against them to 4 in the entire tournament! The team will now go onto represent Canford in the County tournament. Well done girls! (RCL)

08/02/2020

KES and Dauntsey’s triangular

1sts

Loss v KES (16-30)

Win v Dauntsey’s (29-13)

Our annual triangular fixture against Dauntsey’s and KES Southampton was held away at KES this year. KES were quick out of the blocks and Canford were on catch up throughout the next three thirds. It was lovely to see Chessie Hellier join the squad and playing out of position, she should be congratulated for her effort and versatility. The match ended in a 16-30 loss. Player of the Match voted by the opposition was Talia White, well done. The second fixture against Dauntsey’s meant that we were raring to go after a competitive and physical first match. After the first third Canford found themselves up 12-4. They continue in this positive manner throughout the match. Next match against Bryanston on Thursday 13th February. (NXW)

2nds

Win v KES (22-11)

Win v Dauntsey’s (17-13)

The seconds ventured over to KES Southampton for triangular against both KES and Dauntsey’s. Down to a bare 7 players it was going to be a chance for those travelling to get plenty of netball on what was a great afternoon to be playing. As always it was the versatility of the team that was to once again prove to be our greatest strength, with Abby Childerley having to step in at the other end of the court at GD and Beanie Culley not feeling 100% so after a quarter at Centre dropping back to WD rather than play in the middle. In our first game against KES we quickly asserted ourselves, with Jess Rees and Hannah Fairchild combining well under the hoop and Katie Ashcroft and Bella Brown providing endless quality ball for them we were never really in trouble turning a 9-3 opening quarter into a 22 – 11 victory.

Straight off the back of our first 30 minutes we then played a Dauntsey’s side fresh off the bus. We again started well both in attack, but particularly in defence with Connie Doxat working brilliantly in the circle. Denying the opposition shooters space and Abby Childerley again backing her judgement and making plenty of interceptions. However after a strong first quarter that set us up with a 4 goal lead we had what can best be described as a humorous wobble in the second period. Both shooters went off the boil and things like Katie Ashcroft’s headed interception that then travelled over a third were indications that we weren’t playing with the fluency that we normally do. To their credit though the girls refocussed in the last quarter and pulled away to win 17 – 13. A fantastic performance from all 7 who played, with Abbey Childerley playing at GD for the first time named Player of the Day.

(PAE)

3rds

Win v KES (27-12)

Win v Dauntsey’s (25-13)
The girls played fast and managed to gradually build up the score. There was not much resistance against Dauntsey’s, and so Canford had to think harder – considering Dauntsey’s were fresh whereas we already had played 30 min of intense netball. Dani Egan kept up the cheering and encouragement from her third, and had an excellent game as GK, snatching many rebounds. The team broke down their centres many times; Ella Heffner, Maddie Harvey, Gemma Kendall, Ines Mitchell and Abi Rowsell kept feeding balls to GA Anna Preston and Amelia Green who had to work around a super tall GK. Once more, the team went to battle with the right attitude and the spirit to conquer. Their athleticism was noted. (MM)

4ths

Loss v Dauntsey’s (31-4)

The 4ths met Dauntsey’s for 50 minutes of intense netball. We were pitched against a better side but at no point stopped us competing. Great that Katie Jack and Sophie Alcock joined us from fitness and Anu Osikoya switched from Dance. Really sunny day and we were glad to be out there. Player of the match (both from opposition and coach) Poppy Lloyd and a shout out to Nuala Dyball for switching to GS. (CDB)

15A

Win v KES (30-14)

Win v Dauntsey’s (28-10)

On Saturday Canford played against both St Edward’s and Dauntsey’s in a triangular tournament. Despite a shaky start against Kind Edward VI, Canford created a lead of 6 goals by the end of the first quarter which they gradually built on ending in a 30-14 lead thanks to fantastic shooting, mid court play and defence. Against Dauntsey’s, the team played an excellent game of netball, leading them to have a secure win of 28-10.

15B

Win vs KES (35 – 6)

Win v Dauntsey’s (26 – 8)

The team flew out of the blocks dominating from the start. Interceptions and turnovers in the centre court from Charlie W, Sophia, Emily and Evie were particularly impressive and were capitalised on by the shooting trio every time the ball entered our D. Charlie H was the well deserved MOM.

A slightly tougher match, but the team were well into their stride and moved the ball effortlessly down the court with some slick sequence passing. The defence trio of Alex, Charlie and Izzie did well to keep their score down to 8 and Nia was elected MOM.

Well done Girls! (PXC)

15C

Win v KES (13-6)

Win V Dauntsey’s (15-7)

The U15Cs attacked strongly against KES in their first match with superb positioning on court and excellent application of pre-practised backline passes. The final score of 13-6 was thoroughly deserved after 30 minutes of intense concentration. Heading into the Dauntsey’s match saw a similar story with the Canford girls defending strongly and marking tightly, preventing their opposition from making headway. They persisted all the way until the final whistle with the final score standing at 15-7 to Canford.

14A

Loss v KES (14-15)

Win v Dauntsey’s (20-11)

Saturday’s triangular saw some of our best play this season. The girls battled for supremacy with KES but unfortunately couldn’t take advantage of a last minute turnover and lost 14-15. Next came Dauntsey’s and the team were fired up and ready. Great teamwork saw the girls take the win comfortably with the final score 20-11. Keeping calm under pressure, my player of the match goes to Bella Rose. (CF)

14B

Win vs Kes (19-6)

Win vs Dauntsey’s (18-14)

Strong display from the U14B’s as their well-timed passes and development of passing around the circle made for some incredible opportunities for the GS, Millie Jefferies and GA, Daisy Cullinan. Leading into All 3 thirds we dominated, but the score doesn’t reflect how good KES were and how well we played to beat them by such a convincing margin. Players of the match went to Francie Fulton and Millie Jeffries.

Dauntsey’s had the first centre pass and immediately we overturned, taking the lead. But the match was like a game of cat and mouse throughout, testing our accuracy and skills down to the last wire. Leading into the final third, we were 12-10 up, knowing that we had to keep up the momentum. Excellent defensive display from Lara Witter secured her joint player of the match (a lovely way to spend her birthday!) alongside Poppy Speers, whose performance and overall enthusiasm throughout both matches has really stepped the whole team up. The 14Bs stayed strong, playing excellent netball, resulting in a win. Huge excitement for what lies ahead for this team. (EJW)

14C

Win v KES (12-10)

Loss v Dauntsey’s (8-6)

This week the U14C’s took part in a triangular with KES and Dauntsey’s, which meant a lot of netball played! We were playing 3 lots of 10 mins against both schools. First up we faced KES which was a really even game. After the first third we were up by two goals, due to a really good performance from everyone and in particular the defensive players making some crucial interceptions. 2nd third, KES made some changes and we didn’t quite take our chance in the circle, resulting in us going in to the final third

at 8-8. In such a evenly matched game I was so please to see enjoying the challenge of a close game. It felt like in the end we just wanted the ball more and they managed to come out victorious 10-12.

With 10 minutes rest, the girls then faced Dauntsey’s. A very different game! Fast paced movement down the court and moved the ball on very quickly. The battle in the mid court battle and their shooters not being consistent enabled us to stay close and win the first third. Second third their shooters got their eye in and we could quite keep up with the pace of the game. When we had the ball we still were trying to do the right things, but from a fitness perspective we couldn’t keep up marking out the players. The goal margin has widened significantly, so I challenged they girls just to try and win the final third. Finally, Dauntsey’s tired and we were able to take our chances in the circle. They managed to cling on to win the third in the last seconds of the game. However, they lost overall 8-6. A fantastic afternoon of netball which they all enjoyed. Everyone deserves nomination for player of the week! (EJB)

Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Saturday 8thFebruary

Hockey v Marlborough, Taunton, Exeter and Sherborne

Tuesday

On Tuesday the 1st XI hosted Marlborough College in the U18 Tier 1 League. We started well, taking a 2-0 lead in the first quarter through Otto Thompson and Tom Prest; both scoring neat deflections. Joba Agbedejobi was phenomenal in goal, making a string of outrageous reaction saves to keep us ahead. The second half saw Marlborough score a well taken goal of their own, before a rapid counter attack instigated by Luke Hett saw George Billson finish on the backhand to restore our two goal advantage. Marlborough pulled another back with five minutes remaining but we saw the game out professionally for a 3-2 win. Despite the fact that we are unable to progress from the league, it was still a valuable three points. (MDC)

Wednesday

U14A – Tier 1 West Prelims

A tough day was expected in the next stage of our Tier 1 journey on Wednesday. The U14As started slowly against Taunton who put us under pressure with some direct play, however Canford scored against the run of play late in the first half. The second half followed the same theme, with Tom Kiff making a number of superb saves. Canford scored two late goals to leave the final score at 3-0. The second match was against Exeter. The boys started much quicker, pressing the opposition and moving the ball quickly from the off. Some fantastic quick passing down each wing meant Canford quickly opened the scoring. Confidence grew and the boys started to show their full potential, scoring two more superb goals to leave the final score at 3-0, although this was a much more complete performance. We now progress to the Tier 1 West Finals on Tuesday 10th March at Millfield. (CJK/PDAR)

Thursday

The 15As played out an entertaining game during which we punished lose ball and scored three goals at pace from fast breaks. The fourth was our signature short corner move, converted by Monty Hooker. When we play this team again later this month in the Open County Cup we will need to do a better job of picking up their star player at centre midfield. Still, we controlled the play well and won 4-2. (NRB)

The 15Bs played at home against Sherborne on Thursday. Canford started brightly scoring their first within the first two minutes and a second soon after. The pace of the game then slowed, with the team playing too much down the centre of the pitch and not using the width enough. As a result, the next two goals didn’t come until just before the end of the half. After half time the team played with better structure and the back four were impressive in working the transfer. Another three goals came before the end. All were corkers, with lots of driving down the baseline and flicking it back to the P spot. The final score was 7-0, with 2 for Jack Martin and 1 each for Henry Martin, George Sergeant, Nat Merrell, Oscar Rees and Louis Potts. Man of the match went to George Bolland. (BIHC)

Saturday

The 1st XI had a roller-coaster affair at home v Sherborne. Still without Captain Charlie Peplow through a hamstring injury, and more recently Tom Prest through concussion, we initially missed their creativity. Behind for long periods in the game, we showed great strength of character to find a winner with just two minutes remaining to win 4-3. At 1-0 down, 2-1 down and 3-2 down, it looked like the direct and physical approach of the opposition would ultimately frustrate us, but the boys remained calm. George Billson led the way with a fine performance, scoring twice, whilst Will Whitmore also scored (and missed a penalty flick). Otto Thompson snatched the winner late on. The youngest player on the pitch, Max Chapman, played a mature role at centre midfield. That is now five wins on the spin, in a decent first half of term. (MDC)

The 2nd XI started the game half asleep. Playing the first half at a very low pace helped Sherborne take advantage of the situation. The half time talk woke them up but Sherborne dropped back and Canford were struggling to put the ball in the goal, only succeeding with a team play crossed by Olly White (playing in his first match for the team) and finished on the back post by Billy Pocock, but by that point it was too late. Sherborne 2-1 Canford. (RJCG/RHJH)

This was a hard fought match for the 3rd XI which could have gone either way and there is no doubt that some superb goalkeeping from Rob Thomas was the key to us staying competitive. It was the first time this term that we have been put under intense pressure by our opponents, with the result that we too often panicked on the ball and gave it away. When we started to hit hard from the back in the second half, and play with greater width we looked much more dangerous. The goal came in the dying minutes courtesy of an aerial cross converted neatly by Ben Morris. It was a good 1-0 result from a somewhat scrappy game. (RMBS/CHJ)

The Gentlemen’s 4th XI were beaten comfortably by a skilful Sherborne team who did just about everything better than us. We raised our game a little in the second half and could have scored more

than our solitary goal (Max Hansen setting up Jake Jeffries), but we cannot complain about the 5-1 score line after an insipid display. Gentlemen’s Player of the Week – Rory Smith. (SLCI)

The U14As were excited after a successful week, this showed with the team playing some fantastic hockey. The ball speed and energy on show throughout the game was superb. Ollie Peters put in a first class all-action display in midfield to help secure a 4-1 win. Ed Schuster-Bruce bagged a brace and Kit Blomfield netted on his return following concussion, and Will Fountain completed the scoring. (CJK/PDAR)

The U14B team put in another impressive performance against Sherborne. The first half was a frustrating affair where despite dominating possession we failed to create clear chances. The second half saw a marked turnaround, as we began to utilise the width of the pitch and started to stretch the Sherborne defence. We were rewarded with two quick goals from Albert Blackburn before Ranulph Raymond also joined in on the action. The final score was 3-0. (JRM/JDL)

This week sees the 16As in Tier 1 cup action at home to King’s Taunton, whilst the 1st XI are also at home in their final Tier 1 league match v league leaders and national quarter finalists, Dean Close. I wish everyone a restful half term break.

Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th February

Cross Country at Studland Stampede and South West Championships

On Thursday Canford were well represented in the Studland Stampede on Knoll Beach. In the girls’ events both Mimi Taylor (Inter Girls, 9th) and Acacia Manley (Senior Girls 5th) were placed in the top 10.

The strength in depth of the group was shown in the Inter Boys event with 5 boys placing in the top eleven (Rupert Peach 2nd, Felix Tuck 3rd, Greg Rowland 5th, Max Lockyer 10th and James Tazzyman (11th). Finally the Senior boys so excellent finishes for Finn Baker (2nd), Olly Scudds (6th) and Daniel Offer (14th).

On Saturday the South West Championships took place at King’s Park with only one Canford representative (injuries and illness) in Serena Blake. She performed creditably in finishing 43rd in the Senior Girls event. (TH)

Saturday 8th February

Lacrosse v Godolphin

The first team was looking to use this game against Godolphin 3rds to practise team plays for the upcoming Nationals on the 29th Feb/1st March. Although the team never really looked under threat, they will have to sharpen their performance for the shorter time pressure of tournament play. Once again great play by Lily Clark in goal kept the scoreline respectable so Canford came off 7-4 winners. Georgina Litchfield, Nadia Lees played solid defence and attack roles in the midfield while co-captain, Noorie Kaur, and Thea Ellis were voted MVPs by the Godolphin team. (MXB)

Saturday 8th February

Badminton v Bournemouth University

The Badminton team played away to Bournemouth University 3s and came away with an outstanding 12-1 victory. This now means that Canford have now beaten every team in the league at least once. Played 12 won 7 (CLF)

Sunday 9th February

Real Tennis - National Schools Doubles

It was a rather blustery day over at Radley College for the U16s National Real Tennis School Doubles Championships. Due to a number of unforeseen clashes, we had just the one pair this year representing Canford; Sam Jefferson and Jack Pocock. There were two groups of four, with winners and runners up going through to the semi-finals. Sam and Jack were up against Wellington to start and had to get used to the away court quickly with each match just one set first to six. It was nervy throughout and was eventually poised at 5-5, but the boys held their nerve and snuck it 6-5.

Both now looked settled and the second match against Warwick was much more comfortable. They both looked stronger and confident on the ball and ran away with it 6-2. Unfortunately, Radley 1 had to pull out due to illness, but it meant Canford came top of their group and stormed into the semi-finals! They were up against Winchester in the semis and got off to a good start, with some close opening games that could have swung the momentum in Canford's favour. However, Winchester just had that little more experience and controlled the rest of the set to take it 1-6. Overall, Jack and Sam did Canford proud and put in a fantastic effort across the day, well done boys! (JRAR)

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Easter Term 2020 - Week 5 Sports Report

Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th February

Netball v Ballard, Parkstone, Dauntsey’s and King Edward VI, Southampton

16s vs Ballard

The U16As competed in a great match against Ballard School on Thursday, ending with a win of 40-26. Ballard came out guns blazing and it took the Canford girls a little moment to catch up. Once we got into the groove in the 2nd quarter, the girls ran away with the match. Communication increased, more intercepts were made and greater defensive pressure on the opposition created more turnovers. Some great goals scored by both Rosie and Evie, and high praise for Bella who stepped in as GD and played a fantastic match. A big congratulations to all the girls who played the whole game at full force! DGM

A close first quarter for the 16B’s finishing with Ballard ahead by two goals, spurred the girls on to work harder and produce some excellent passing. The pace was a bit too rapid at times, which cost us possession, but the girls battled away and really took control in the second and third quarters, leading 27-17. Ballard flagged a little in the final 10 minutes and we pulled away for a great scoreline. We are immensely grateful to Charlie Whitmore and Mia Ashby-Rudd for stepping in at the last minute to provide a full team. I know all of us were impressed with their skill and agility. Well done, everyone. (ECT)

14s and 15s vs Parkstone

Thursday also saw the 14Ds and 15Ds take on Parkstone. Although working hard throughout both teams succumbed to strong opponents 33-7 and 22-10 respectively

U15 PEDSSA tournament @ Lytchett Minster school

Canford played 4 teams at the U15 PEDSSA tournament. The first match ended in 24-2 to Canford against St Edward’s and the second match ending in 17-2 against Parkstone Grammar School. By this point, Canford had set their goal to ensure the goals against remained below 2 in every match. This was successfully done in the match against Ferndown where the team secured a 13-0 victory. In their final game against Queen Elizabeth’s, the girls won 14-4, raising the highest number of goals scored against them to 4 in the entire tournament! The team will now go onto represent Canford in the County tournament. Well done girls! (RCL)

08/02/2020

KES and Dauntsey’s triangular

1sts

Loss v KES (16-30)

Win v Dauntsey’s (29-13)

Our annual triangular fixture against Dauntsey’s and KES Southampton was held away at KES this year. KES were quick out of the blocks and Canford were on catch up throughout the next three thirds. It was lovely to see Chessie Hellier join the squad and playing out of position, she should be congratulated for her effort and versatility. The match ended in a 16-30 loss. Player of the Match voted by the opposition was Talia White, well done. The second fixture against Dauntsey’s meant that we were raring to go after a competitive and physical first match. After the first third Canford found themselves up 12-4. They continue in this positive manner throughout the match. Next match against Bryanston on Thursday 13th February. (NXW)

2nds

Win v KES (22-11)

Win v Dauntsey’s (17-13)

The seconds ventured over to KES Southampton for triangular against both KES and Dauntsey’s. Down to a bare 7 players it was going to be a chance for those travelling to get plenty of netball on what was a great afternoon to be playing. As always it was the versatility of the team that was to once again prove to be our greatest strength, with Abby Childerley having to step in at the other end of the court at GD and Beanie Culley not feeling 100% so after a quarter at Centre dropping back to WD rather than play in the middle. In our first game against KES we quickly asserted ourselves, with Jess Rees and Hannah Fairchild combining well under the hoop and Katie Ashcroft and Bella Brown providing endless quality ball for them we were never really in trouble turning a 9-3 opening quarter into a 22 – 11 victory.

Straight off the back of our first 30 minutes we then played a Dauntsey’s side fresh off the bus. We again started well both in attack, but particularly in defence with Connie Doxat working brilliantly in the circle. Denying the opposition shooters space and Abby Childerley again backing her judgement and making plenty of interceptions. However after a strong first quarter that set us up with a 4 goal lead we had what can best be described as a humorous wobble in the second period. Both shooters went off the boil and things like Katie Ashcroft’s headed interception that then travelled over a third were indications that we weren’t playing with the fluency that we normally do. To their credit though the girls refocussed in the last quarter and pulled away to win 17 – 13. A fantastic performance from all 7 who played, with Abbey Childerley playing at GD for the first time named Player of the Day.

(PAE)

3rds

Win v KES (27-12)

Win v Dauntsey’s (25-13)
The girls played fast and managed to gradually build up the score. There was not much resistance against Dauntsey’s, and so Canford had to think harder – considering Dauntsey’s were fresh whereas we already had played 30 min of intense netball. Dani Egan kept up the cheering and encouragement from her third, and had an excellent game as GK, snatching many rebounds. The team broke down their centres many times; Ella Heffner, Maddie Harvey, Gemma Kendall, Ines Mitchell and Abi Rowsell kept feeding balls to GA Anna Preston and Amelia Green who had to work around a super tall GK. Once more, the team went to battle with the right attitude and the spirit to conquer. Their athleticism was noted. (MM)

4ths

Loss v Dauntsey’s (31-4)

The 4ths met Dauntsey’s for 50 minutes of intense netball. We were pitched against a better side but at no point stopped us competing. Great that Katie Jack and Sophie Alcock joined us from fitness and Anu Osikoya switched from Dance. Really sunny day and we were glad to be out there. Player of the match (both from opposition and coach) Poppy Lloyd and a shout out to Nuala Dyball for switching to GS. (CDB)

15A

Win v KES (30-14)

Win v Dauntsey’s (28-10)

On Saturday Canford played against both St Edward’s and Dauntsey’s in a triangular tournament. Despite a shaky start against Kind Edward VI, Canford created a lead of 6 goals by the end of the first quarter which they gradually built on ending in a 30-14 lead thanks to fantastic shooting, mid court play and defence. Against Dauntsey’s, the team played an excellent game of netball, leading them to have a secure win of 28-10.

15B

Win vs KES (35 – 6)

Win v Dauntsey’s (26 – 8)

The team flew out of the blocks dominating from the start. Interceptions and turnovers in the centre court from Charlie W, Sophia, Emily and Evie were particularly impressive and were capitalised on by the shooting trio every time the ball entered our D. Charlie H was the well deserved MOM.

A slightly tougher match, but the team were well into their stride and moved the ball effortlessly down the court with some slick sequence passing. The defence trio of Alex, Charlie and Izzie did well to keep their score down to 8 and Nia was elected MOM.

Well done Girls! (PXC)

15C

Win v KES (13-6)

Win V Dauntsey’s (15-7)

The U15Cs attacked strongly against KES in their first match with superb positioning on court and excellent application of pre-practised backline passes. The final score of 13-6 was thoroughly deserved after 30 minutes of intense concentration. Heading into the Dauntsey’s match saw a similar story with the Canford girls defending strongly and marking tightly, preventing their opposition from making headway. They persisted all the way until the final whistle with the final score standing at 15-7 to Canford.

14A

Loss v KES (14-15)

Win v Dauntsey’s (20-11)

Saturday’s triangular saw some of our best play this season. The girls battled for supremacy with KES but unfortunately couldn’t take advantage of a last minute turnover and lost 14-15. Next came Dauntsey’s and the team were fired up and ready. Great teamwork saw the girls take the win comfortably with the final score 20-11. Keeping calm under pressure, my player of the match goes to Bella Rose. (CF)

14B

Win vs Kes (19-6)

Win vs Dauntsey’s (18-14)

Strong display from the U14B’s as their well-timed passes and development of passing around the circle made for some incredible opportunities for the GS, Millie Jefferies and GA, Daisy Cullinan. Leading into All 3 thirds we dominated, but the score doesn’t reflect how good KES were and how well we played to beat them by such a convincing margin. Players of the match went to Francie Fulton and Millie Jeffries.

Dauntsey’s had the first centre pass and immediately we overturned, taking the lead. But the match was like a game of cat and mouse throughout, testing our accuracy and skills down to the last wire. Leading into the final third, we were 12-10 up, knowing that we had to keep up the momentum. Excellent defensive display from Lara Witter secured her joint player of the match (a lovely way to spend her birthday!) alongside Poppy Speers, whose performance and overall enthusiasm throughout both matches has really stepped the whole team up. The 14Bs stayed strong, playing excellent netball, resulting in a win. Huge excitement for what lies ahead for this team. (EJW)

14C

Win v KES (12-10)

Loss v Dauntsey’s (8-6)

This week the U14C’s took part in a triangular with KES and Dauntsey’s, which meant a lot of netball played! We were playing 3 lots of 10 mins against both schools. First up we faced KES which was a really even game. After the first third we were up by two goals, due to a really good performance from everyone and in particular the defensive players making some crucial interceptions. 2nd third, KES made some changes and we didn’t quite take our chance in the circle, resulting in us going in to the final third

at 8-8. In such a evenly matched game I was so please to see enjoying the challenge of a close game. It felt like in the end we just wanted the ball more and they managed to come out victorious 10-12.

With 10 minutes rest, the girls then faced Dauntsey’s. A very different game! Fast paced movement down the court and moved the ball on very quickly. The battle in the mid court battle and their shooters not being consistent enabled us to stay close and win the first third. Second third their shooters got their eye in and we could quite keep up with the pace of the game. When we had the ball we still were trying to do the right things, but from a fitness perspective we couldn’t keep up marking out the players. The goal margin has widened significantly, so I challenged they girls just to try and win the final third. Finally, Dauntsey’s tired and we were able to take our chances in the circle. They managed to cling on to win the third in the last seconds of the game. However, they lost overall 8-6. A fantastic afternoon of netball which they all enjoyed. Everyone deserves nomination for player of the week! (EJB)

Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Saturday 8thFebruary

Hockey v Marlborough, Taunton, Exeter and Sherborne

Tuesday

On Tuesday the 1st XI hosted Marlborough College in the U18 Tier 1 League. We started well, taking a 2-0 lead in the first quarter through Otto Thompson and Tom Prest; both scoring neat deflections. Joba Agbedejobi was phenomenal in goal, making a string of outrageous reaction saves to keep us ahead. The second half saw Marlborough score a well taken goal of their own, before a rapid counter attack instigated by Luke Hett saw George Billson finish on the backhand to restore our two goal advantage. Marlborough pulled another back with five minutes remaining but we saw the game out professionally for a 3-2 win. Despite the fact that we are unable to progress from the league, it was still a valuable three points. (MDC)

Wednesday

U14A – Tier 1 West Prelims

A tough day was expected in the next stage of our Tier 1 journey on Wednesday. The U14As started slowly against Taunton who put us under pressure with some direct play, however Canford scored against the run of play late in the first half. The second half followed the same theme, with Tom Kiff making a number of superb saves. Canford scored two late goals to leave the final score at 3-0. The second match was against Exeter. The boys started much quicker, pressing the opposition and moving the ball quickly from the off. Some fantastic quick passing down each wing meant Canford quickly opened the scoring. Confidence grew and the boys started to show their full potential, scoring two more superb goals to leave the final score at 3-0, although this was a much more complete performance. We now progress to the Tier 1 West Finals on Tuesday 10th March at Millfield. (CJK/PDAR)

Thursday

The 15As played out an entertaining game during which we punished lose ball and scored three goals at pace from fast breaks. The fourth was our signature short corner move, converted by Monty Hooker. When we play this team again later this month in the Open County Cup we will need to do a better job of picking up their star player at centre midfield. Still, we controlled the play well and won 4-2. (NRB)

The 15Bs played at home against Sherborne on Thursday. Canford started brightly scoring their first within the first two minutes and a second soon after. The pace of the game then slowed, with the team playing too much down the centre of the pitch and not using the width enough. As a result, the next two goals didn’t come until just before the end of the half. After half time the team played with better structure and the back four were impressive in working the transfer. Another three goals came before the end. All were corkers, with lots of driving down the baseline and flicking it back to the P spot. The final score was 7-0, with 2 for Jack Martin and 1 each for Henry Martin, George Sergeant, Nat Merrell, Oscar Rees and Louis Potts. Man of the match went to George Bolland. (BIHC)

Saturday

The 1st XI had a roller-coaster affair at home v Sherborne. Still without Captain Charlie Peplow through a hamstring injury, and more recently Tom Prest through concussion, we initially missed their creativity. Behind for long periods in the game, we showed great strength of character to find a winner with just two minutes remaining to win 4-3. At 1-0 down, 2-1 down and 3-2 down, it looked like the direct and physical approach of the opposition would ultimately frustrate us, but the boys remained calm. George Billson led the way with a fine performance, scoring twice, whilst Will Whitmore also scored (and missed a penalty flick). Otto Thompson snatched the winner late on. The youngest player on the pitch, Max Chapman, played a mature role at centre midfield. That is now five wins on the spin, in a decent first half of term. (MDC)

The 2nd XI started the game half asleep. Playing the first half at a very low pace helped Sherborne take advantage of the situation. The half time talk woke them up but Sherborne dropped back and Canford were struggling to put the ball in the goal, only succeeding with a team play crossed by Olly White (playing in his first match for the team) and finished on the back post by Billy Pocock, but by that point it was too late. Sherborne 2-1 Canford. (RJCG/RHJH)

This was a hard fought match for the 3rd XI which could have gone either way and there is no doubt that some superb goalkeeping from Rob Thomas was the key to us staying competitive. It was the first time this term that we have been put under intense pressure by our opponents, with the result that we too often panicked on the ball and gave it away. When we started to hit hard from the back in the second half, and play with greater width we looked much more dangerous. The goal came in the dying minutes courtesy of an aerial cross converted neatly by Ben Morris. It was a good 1-0 result from a somewhat scrappy game. (RMBS/CHJ)

The Gentlemen’s 4th XI were beaten comfortably by a skilful Sherborne team who did just about everything better than us. We raised our game a little in the second half and could have scored more

than our solitary goal (Max Hansen setting up Jake Jeffries), but we cannot complain about the 5-1 score line after an insipid display. Gentlemen’s Player of the Week – Rory Smith. (SLCI)

The U14As were excited after a successful week, this showed with the team playing some fantastic hockey. The ball speed and energy on show throughout the game was superb. Ollie Peters put in a first class all-action display in midfield to help secure a 4-1 win. Ed Schuster-Bruce bagged a brace and Kit Blomfield netted on his return following concussion, and Will Fountain completed the scoring. (CJK/PDAR)

The U14B team put in another impressive performance against Sherborne. The first half was a frustrating affair where despite dominating possession we failed to create clear chances. The second half saw a marked turnaround, as we began to utilise the width of the pitch and started to stretch the Sherborne defence. We were rewarded with two quick goals from Albert Blackburn before Ranulph Raymond also joined in on the action. The final score was 3-0. (JRM/JDL)

This week sees the 16As in Tier 1 cup action at home to King’s Taunton, whilst the 1st XI are also at home in their final Tier 1 league match v league leaders and national quarter finalists, Dean Close. I wish everyone a restful half term break.

Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th February

Cross Country at Studland Stampede and South West Championships

On Thursday Canford were well represented in the Studland Stampede on Knoll Beach. In the girls’ events both Mimi Taylor (Inter Girls, 9th) and Acacia Manley (Senior Girls 5th) were placed in the top 10.

The strength in depth of the group was shown in the Inter Boys event with 5 boys placing in the top eleven (Rupert Peach 2nd, Felix Tuck 3rd, Greg Rowland 5th, Max Lockyer 10th and James Tazzyman (11th). Finally the Senior boys so excellent finishes for Finn Baker (2nd), Olly Scudds (6th) and Daniel Offer (14th).

On Saturday the South West Championships took place at King’s Park with only one Canford representative (injuries and illness) in Serena Blake. She performed creditably in finishing 43rd in the Senior Girls event. (TH)

Saturday 8th February

Lacrosse v Godolphin

The first team was looking to use this game against Godolphin 3rds to practise team plays for the upcoming Nationals on the 29th Feb/1st March. Although the team never really looked under threat, they will have to sharpen their performance for the shorter time pressure of tournament play. Once again great play by Lily Clark in goal kept the scoreline respectable so Canford came off 7-4 winners. Georgina Litchfield, Nadia Lees played solid defence and attack roles in the midfield while co-captain, Noorie Kaur, and Thea Ellis were voted MVPs by the Godolphin team. (MXB)

Saturday 8th February

Badminton v Bournemouth University

The Badminton team played away to Bournemouth University 3s and came away with an outstanding 12-1 victory. This now means that Canford have now beaten every team in the league at least once. Played 12 won 7 (CLF)

Sunday 9th February

Real Tennis - National Schools Doubles

It was a rather blustery day over at Radley College for the U16s National Real Tennis School Doubles Championships. Due to a number of unforeseen clashes, we had just the one pair this year representing Canford; Sam Jefferson and Jack Pocock. There were two groups of four, with winners and runners up going through to the semi-finals. Sam and Jack were up against Wellington to start and had to get used to the away court quickly with each match just one set first to six. It was nervy throughout and was eventually poised at 5-5, but the boys held their nerve and snuck it 6-5.

Both now looked settled and the second match against Warwick was much more comfortable. They both looked stronger and confident on the ball and ran away with it 6-2. Unfortunately, Radley 1 had to pull out due to illness, but it meant Canford came top of their group and stormed into the semi-finals! They were up against Winchester in the semis and got off to a good start, with some close opening games that could have swung the momentum in Canford's favour. However, Winchester just had that little more experience and controlled the rest of the set to take it 1-6. Overall, Jack and Sam did Canford proud and put in a fantastic effort across the day, well done boys! (JRAR)

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